Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Avalanche Transceiver

Priced: $191.93 - $239.95 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 11 reviews.
Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Avalanche Transceiver
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Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Avalanche Transceiver -
Step up your endeavors to be safe in the back woods with the Tracker DTS Transceiver from Backcountry Access.


  • Uses three AAA-size alkaline batteries (included) which provide a minimum life of 250 hours in transmit mode; 50 hours in receive mode


  • Oversized buttons are easy to operate with gloves on; buttons, full gasket around battery box and unit protect against wet-weather conditions
  • Tracker DTS transceiver uses a multi-dimensional antenna system to locate buried transmitters, eliminating user signal-interpretation errors
  • Lights indicate the direction of the signal; simply rotate like a compass and proceed as arrow lights indicate
  • Two units are required for use; each person in a party should carry a unit for the best chance of rescue in the event of an avalanche
  • Holster harness system allows the unit to be easily removed; lanyard ensures unit won't be lost
  • Operates on 457 kHz frequency and is fully compatible with other 457 kHz units; functions as a transmitter and receiver
  • Unit performs automatic performance diagnostic—testing lights, transmit and receive functions and battery level—each time it's turned on
  • Numeric distance display shows approximate distance to buried transmitter; pinpoint search loudspeaker provides reinforcement to visual clues

Backcountry Access Tracker's new harness system and user-friendly tracking system speeds up the response time of finding those caught in an avalanche.

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Review RatingNumber of Reviews
Activity:Backcountry skiing
Analog or Digital:Digital
Battery Type:AAA
Country of Origin:USA
Dimensions:5.2 x 3.4 x 1 in. / 132 x 86 x 25mm
Number of Antenna:2
Range:Up to 40 meters
Software Upgradable:no
Weight:245g / 385g with straps and batteries
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Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Avalanche Transceiver Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great Beacon

Any of the avy beacons on the market are good IF YOU PRACTIVE WITH THEM. They're only as good as how well you know how to use them.

That said, I like the Tracker for a variety of reasons: it's the least expensive on the market, it's one of the toughest and most reliable, it's simple and intuitive to use, and it has one of the best harness systems. It's a little bulky, but Í prefer bulky to fragile.

It's multiple burial function is a little bit weak, but those are overrated in effectiveness anyway. In a multiple burial situation, the time involved digging people out is the limiting factor, not finding them with the beacon.

And most importantly, no matter what beacon you get, get to know your terrain and conditions so you don't get caught in the first place, then practice with your beacon, practice with your probe, practice with your shovel. Know how to do it so well that it's instinctive reflex and you don't have to think about it.
Scott Pendleton at REI on 01/01/2008

Redefines easy to use

I did an experiment with this beacon when I got it for Christmas. I hid my old beacon in a kitchen drawer (Ortovox F2). I went upstairs and I handed my wife this beacon. To give you an idea of her experience, she has never seen an avalanche beacon in person before, let alone ever used one. I didn't even tell her how to turn it on, let alone use it, and she was within 3 feet of my hidden beacon downstairs within 3 minutes.

No joke, this is an amazingly easy to use beacon, simple buttons, easy to use, uncomplicated. If I was buried in an avalanche (I've been close) I would want my rescuers using this beacon to find me.
asrjb25 at REI on 03/03/2009

function before fashion

This is, without a doubt, the easiest transceiver I've used. I am consistently the first to find the "victim" when doing beacon practice with friends and during classes. In addition, it's the sherman tank of beacons. Some reviews were more concerned about how it made them look ("pregnant"), but personally I'd rather it be reliable to save my life or that of a friend. I don't care if it's hot pink and is the size of a dictionary (neither of which are accurate) as long as it does what it needs to do. Buy this beacon, deal with the bulk (it's not even that bulky!), PRACTICE USING IT, and ride safe.
bluebuddha at REI on 11/11/2008


Just because it is one of the least expensive beacons, doesn't mean it can't get the job done. The battery life is incredible and the unit is practically indestructible (having survived everything from airline baggage handlers to skiing over cliffs to impromptu wrestling matches). Relatively easy to use, but make sure you practice with it before you actually need to use it.
JonB at REI on 12/12/2009

Easy to use

Easiest transceiver to use of any I have seen. Multiple burial function can be a little confusing, but as with any transceiver practice, practice and then practice some more!
Will in Denver at REI on 09/09/2007


ak907 at REI on 09/09/2007

Easy to use

Great beacon for the price. Great beacon overall. could stand to be a little slimer for comfort. THis ia all you need and easy to use.
EdinCO at REI on 11/11/2007

Great starter beacon

A good starter beacon. Easy to use.

Doesn't do well with multiple burials as another poster mentioned.
Angies Husband at REI on 12/12/2010

better than u expect

it is the easiest beacon i have ever used
sanches at REI on 12/12/2007

The Best Beacon

Best Beacon on the market.
SNOWMAN-47 at REI on 11/11/2010

Neutral Reviews:

Easy to use, but TOO BULKY

The Tracker is really, really easy to use and a great backcountry beacon. I feel pretty petty about slamming it on this one thing,'s really bulky, and the harness design isn't that adjustable. Funtionally, it's bulky enough that my clothes don't fit over it, and that lets cold air seep in and makes me uncomfortable. (Did I mention that I'm 5'2"? I don't have much torso length to spare here.) Ultimately, it also makes me look pregnant, and that [*] me off. Backcountry Access, are you listening? If so, design your gear for WOMEN, please! I'd love to keep this Tracker around, but I might just take it back, keep my old analog Pieps, and hope like [*] that my spouse never needs that extra minute of time that the BA might have provided in return for hours of backcountry warmth and comfort. If you're short and female, avoid the Tracker.
Freeheeler at REI on 03/03/2008